Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota and adjacent areas of northern Minnesota for Monday, July 13:
District 1 - Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled the Roseau River checking shore anglers. A calf depredation was investigated.
CO Marc Johnson (Warroad South) primarily worked angling activity on Lake of the Woods and ATV enforcement throughout the station. Violations encountered included fishing with extra lines, possession of an illegal-length walleye, failure to display valid registration, fishing with no angling license in possession and allowing illegal operation of an ATV.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls West) worked with CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) in the Beltrami Island State Forest. He also investigated two wolf depredations and responded to multiple nuisance-bear complaints. Enforcement action included violations for ATV registration, transporting an uncased firearm on an ATV, numerous juveniles not wearing helmets on ATVs, transporting dressed fillets without a skin patch and an overlimit of walleyes.
CO Tony Elwell (Thief River Falls East) concentrated on ATV enforcement and investigated wolf-depredation and nuisance-bear complaints this past week. Violations encountered included various ATV registration issues, no helmets on ATV passengers under 18 years old, ATV safety certification violations and operating a motor vehicle after revocation.
Baudette East – vacant.
Karlstad – vacant.
District 2 - Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports inspecting public water and wetland sites this past week. He also spent time working AIS (aquatic invasive species) enforcement on designated infested waters. Anglers and watercraft operators were checked throughout the week.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) assisted at the CO Academy with trapping and trapping enforcement training.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports patrolling area lakes and trails for angling, boating and ATV activity. Calls of swans possibly shot were investigated, as was the improper operation of a hydro jet. Enforcement action was taken for operating an ATV in the ditch south of Highway 10, no spotter or mirror for a water skier and unlawful hydro jet operations.
CO Jake Swedberg (Detroit Lakes) spent the week following up on cases from the busy Fourth of July weekend. Time was spent contacting boat owners about registration issues, following up on aquatic plant violations and zebra mussel violations reported by local inspectors. Other time was also spent doing equipment maintenance and completing training.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) worked state park enforcement, anglers and boaters, and responded to calls of an injured calf and nuisance bear.
CO Steve Chihak (Moorhead) spent the past week working sport fishing, ATV and boating enforcement and safety. Time was also spent responding to miscellaneous wildlife-related calls.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time on angling and boating activity. Follow up was conducted on a complaint of storing property on a public access. Area trails were worked for ATV and off-road vehicle usage. Nuisance-bear issues were discussed with a White Earth tribal warden.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the past week monitoring angling and boat and water activity. Calls from the public included complaints about fan boats, nuisance-beaver problems, and public water concerns. Landmark also investigated reports of violations in Maplewood State Park. Enforcement action was taken for fireworks in a state park and other miscellaneous camping violations.
District 3 - Fergus Falls area
CO Troy Richards (Fergus Falls) reports recreational activity is in full force on area waterways. Anglers were reporting mixed success with all the unstable weather. Richards assisted local law enforcement after a tornado devastated parts of southern Otter Tail County.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) reports enforcement efforts for the past week focused on checking anglers, boaters and PWC (personal watercraft) operators on area lakes. Additional time was spent investigating public waters complaints and handling injured-animal calls.
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) spent time this past week assisting with Academy instruction on trapping enforcement and techniques. Plautz monitored fishing and boating activity as well as invasive species compliance over the weekend.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked angling and boating safety during the previous week. Time was also spent monitoring AIS compliance in the area and taking injured-animal calls. Holt followed up on an abandoned-watercraft complaint and aquatic plant management violations. Enforcement activity related mostly to boating safety.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) worked on several hydraulic jet violations in Grant and Otter Tail counties. In two of the cases, the operators were cited in the past and continued, which will now result in further enforcement action. Any excavation of the lake bottom requires a permit from the DNR and any mechanical control of aquatic vegetation also needs a DNR permit.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) worked anglers and recreational boaters this past week on lakes and rivers. Lots of good contacts were made with young adults fishing for the first time and excited about their catches. Several citations were issued for various fishing and boating violations. A detail was worked after dark targeting boating under the influence, navigation lights and late personal watercraft operation. Several citations were issued.
CO Emily Leeb (Morris) continued to work fishing, boating, and PWC enforcement on area lakes. ATV and fire activity were monitored. Nuisance-animal calls were received.
CO Hanna Wood (Wheaton) worked primarily fishing and boating activity. Follow up was completed on open cases. Nuisance-beaver calls were handled and minnow-transportation permits were issued.
District 4 - Walker area
CO Randy Posner (Staples) worked on fishing enforcement this past week. The sunfish, crappies and bass have been the most productive for anglers on area lakes. He worked on boating enforcement issues this past week. Complaints of PWCs chasing loons and careless operation of wakeboard boats received some enforcement time. Violations observed were no fishing license and expired registration. Complaints included bears damaging bird feeders, and possibly taking a newborn calf.
CO Calie Kunst (Remer) attended training and spent time on ATV enforcement throughout the past week. Multiple violations were found, including allowing illegal operation by juvenile, failure to display valid registration and operating without headlights. A complaint was also taken on how short her Monday morning reports are. Kunst explained to the complainant she would work on doing better.
CO Jordan Anderson (Wadena) worked ATV and boating enforcement during the past week. He also spent time on forest recreation. Reports of litter and unauthorized camping violations in Huntersville State Forest were investigated. Nuisance-animal calls were also handled.
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) checked anglers and recreational vehicle use. Reports of fish dying on area lakes are coming in and are a likely result of water temperatures in the low- to mid-80s. Nuisance-bear and otter complaints were received. Work continues on a public water alteration. Reports of campers littering and camping in a spot too long were investigated. Enforcement action was taken for illegal-length walleyes, angling license violations and boating violations.
CO Jacque Hughes (Longville) continued to check boaters and anglers. Enforcement action was taken for various fishing violations.
Lake George – vacant.
Walker – vacant.